We’ve just finished up our Mom Mojo series (whew, that was rather exhausting for me, but fun too!) and I thought it might be good to review and allow you to clarify areas of your life that might need some tweaking. Hopefully during October you were able to determine areas that create stress for you. Now it is time to organize some plans and goals
Organization is often a bad word for a lot of people. It’s viewed as a restrictive life or an unrealistic approach. Yet when you’re organized it actually provides freedom. It sounds backwards, but it is so true. I’ve heard it over and over again from the moms who’ve begun using the Weekly Household Planner to manage their homes – they are freed from the overwhelming burden of organizing their tasks – it is done for them!
Being organized can give you more time, money, and peace of mind.
The organized life is a simplified life. It allows you to spend more time and energy doing what you love. The days where I’ve crossed tasks off my list and still have hours left in the day are the most joy filled! This is an area I strive to conquer – getting my tasks done in a way that allows more time to enjoy the day instead of dreading it.
What Do You Organize?
There are many facets of your life that can be organized. They include but aren’t limited to your:
* Health goals
* Financial goals
* Daily routine
* Household tasks and goals
* Children’s schedule
* Hobbies and passions
* Personal documents
* Your space
How Do You Organize?
There are different types of organization for various facets of your life. For example, you’ll organize your closet differently than you’ll organize your personal financial documents. However, most people have an organization personality. Take some time to determine how you like to organize things.
Do you prefer labels?
Are you visual and do you prefer color codes and photographs?
Start thinking about how you like to organize before you create a comprehensive system. I love using color coding for our family calendar, I can easily see who has activities scheduled on a certain day by the color of the task. It helps my kids even more. The schedule posted on the frig can be viewed by everyone, even our 3 year old. He knows what color he is, so if there is writing on the day with his color, he knows he has to be somewhere during the day.
Make a Commitment
Make a list of the areas of your life that you want/need to organize. Prioritize those areas so that the most important area is listed first. Make a commitment now to start checking items off of that list. Create a date that you want to have an area organized and a plan to achieve it. For example, maybe you have organize your personal documents listed first. Decide when you’re going to have that organization accomplished and what you need to do to make it happen.
Organizing and coming up with new ideas is only the first step. The next step is to follow through on your organization system and to sustain it. For example, if you spend an entire weekend organizing your closet but then you just throw your clothes into the closet any which way, you’ve wasted a weekend. Commit to following through on your organization system. If you are unable to follow through, figure out why. Chances are the organization system you created doesn’t fit your needs or personality.
So take a look at your household tasks and see what areas need some attention. As we enter into the busy holiday season you will want to have systems and routines in place to help ease the stress and allow you more free time to do the things you want to do, like make cookies with the kids or build a snowman.
If you haven’t grabbed your 2013 planner yet, make sure you do as part of your organizing goals. If you need to review any Mom Mojo topics take some time to read through them and jot down some notes and goals to motivate you to create some new routines.
What areas of your life need some organization tweaking?